Berkeley Marina

Variations on a Forest

This is kind of similar to a post from the other night... or maybe it was last week. I don't know. I stopped keeping track of time. Anyway, I figured an artsy title might distract everybody from the fact that it's basically the same picture. 

If you use your imagination, you can see a forest. I know I do.


It's embarrassing that it took me so long to realize that clouds act the same as water during long exposures - that is, the become smooth and formless. Anyhow, that's how I got this. I was testing out my new neutral density filter (the Tiffen 52mm 0.9 Neutral Density filter)  and it was working pretty well. It's not going to really let you do long exposures in broad daylight, but this is a 30 second exposure at f/25 directly facing the sunset, so I'd say it's approximately good enough for that.

Fwoooooosshhhh. That's probably what those clouds sound like.

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Something was really wonky in the last 24 hours and I lost one post and this post ended up getting published 12 hours before it was supposed to, so sorry for all of the posts.  

So I decided I'd go grocery shopping yesterday because I was out of tortillas, and I figured I'd test out my new filters as well. I'd like to first not that Grocery Outlet is the most amazing place. Where else can you find an entire peppermint pie for $2.99? Nowhere. I'm still working through the ten sleeves of Oreos I bought there for 99 cents.  

Okay, so I made it to the marina just in time. I got over the pedestrian bridge just as the sun fell beneath the clouds which was really quite nice. I'm really glad I had my zoom lens with me. It also helped me get some good shots of an egret that was having dinner nearby (spoilers for tomorrow). 

Don't look directly into the sun

What this reminds me of is Danny Boyle's 2007 film Sunshine . It is a sci-fi thriller set in the future (shocker) at a point when the sun is dying. A crew is sent out on a spacecraft in the hopes of reigniting the sun so that earth can live on. A few of you probably know some of Boyle's other works, including Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, 128 Hours, and Slumdog Millionaire.

I guess you can't really get a good idea of what Sunshine is like from the other films considering that they're all very different, but I thought it was a pretty good movie. It was well shot and at times, tense. I'd certainly recommend watching it if you have spare time. The trailer is below, and while the trailer itself is kind of awkward and tacky because of the use of the music from Requiem for a Dream, it gives you a nice synopsis for the film and has some pretty shots in it. 

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